China protests after U.S. warship sails near island

Aug 11, 2017 - 11:51 AM

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says the actions of the USS John S McCain have violated Chinese and international law seriously impairing the country s sovereignty and security

This US Navy photo obtained August 10, 2017 shows the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) as it patrols the South China Sea on January 7, 2017. A US warship on August 10, 2017 sailed close to an artificial island China has built up in the South China Sea. Photo by James Vazquez/US Navy/AFP

Beijing's South China Sea outposts nearly set for missile deployment – report

Jun 30, 2017 - 8:15 AM

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says Beijing s Fiery Cross Reef base in the Spratly Islands now has 12 hardened shelters 4 more than seen in February with retractable roofs that can house missile launchers

FIERY CROSS/KAGITINGAN REEF. In 1998, China built a weather station that is seen in a photo from January 2006. After a decade, the marine observation station became a military fortress. File photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/Digital Globe

China rejects 'irresponsible' U.S. remarks on South China Sea

Jun 05, 2017 - 1:20 PM

The Chinese foreign ministry accuses certain countries outside the region of making erroneous remarks driven by ulterior motives

US Pentagon chief Jim Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session at the 16th Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), ShangriLa Dialogue Summit in Singapore on June 3, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

China should pay and go

May 28, 2017 - 10:00 AM

As China and the Philippines engage in bilateral talks Manila should revisit the South China Sea arbitral award and not sleep on its rights

SLEEPING OVER PH RIGHTS? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands before their bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing. MPC pool photo

China condemns U.S. after warship sails near South China Sea reef

May 25, 2017 - 1:10 PM

3rd UPDATE China claims the USS Dewey trespassed in its territorial waters

MISCHIEF REEF. Structures seen on a satellite image of Mischief Reef on November 15, 2016, released December 13, 2016. Image courtesy of CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

PH Navy commits to deliver materials for Pag-asa repairs soon

May 11, 2017 - 9:22 AM

But there is no timeline yet for the construction activities

COMMITMENT. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado says they will implement the orders of Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to repair facilities on Pag-asa island. Rappler photo

PH plans for Pag-asa to test Duterte's friendship with China

Apr 27, 2017 - 8:00 AM

How far China goes to react to Philippine plans to develop Pag asa island – and how President Rodrigo Duterte responds – will show how the friendship between the two countries really works

IT IS OURS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana lays down plans to develop facilities in Pag-Asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Rappler photo

Pag-asa residents watch China build 'city' in neighboring reef

Apr 24, 2017 - 2:50 PM

They have learned to co exist with the Chinese Their bigger question is when can the Philippine government build facilities to make the island more liveable?

View of Subi Reef from a communication tower on Pag-asa Island as of April 2017. AFP Photo

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Apr 21, 2017 - 8:30 PM

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When we defied China

Apr 17, 2017 - 11:30 AM

President Duterte still has a chance to salvage the national honor by proceeding with his original plan to raise the Philippine flag on Pag asa

Duterte cancels plan to raise flag in Spratlys

Apr 13, 2017 - 1:20 AM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte says he is complying with China s request for him not to push through with this Independence Day plan

IN PHOTOS: The China build-up

Apr 09, 2017 - 10:30 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the military to occupy and build structures in Philippine territory in the South China Sea China has been building its own way before this

PH military mulls occupying submerged rocks inside EEZ

Apr 07, 2017 - 4:53 PM

That s an order from the President and I intend to carry that out says General Eduardo Año on Friday April 7

LOCALIZED TALKS. Despite the failed negotiations between the government and communists, the Armed Forces of the Philippines is set to engage in 'localized peace talks' with rebels in communities. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Driven away from Scarborough Shoal, Filipino fishermen now train in China

Feb 27, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Outside the diplomatic arena China’s decision to explore a different approach and strategy in dealing with Filipino fishermen appears to be shaky

This photo taken on June 16, 2016 shows a fishing vessel anchored at the South China Sea off the town of Infanta in Pangasinan province, as they wait for their fishing expedition to Scarborough Shoal. Ted Aljibe/AFP/File

China feared to house missiles in PH's Mischief Reef

Feb 23, 2017 - 10:48 AM

Subi Reef which is close to Pag Asa Island in Palawan s Kalayaan Island Group may also house missiles soon according to US officials interviewed by Reuters

Structures seen on a satellite image of Mischief Reef on November 15, 2016, released December 13, 2016. Image courtesy CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe/Handout

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Feb 07, 2017 - 9:05 PM

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Duterte to visit China again in May – report

Jan 19, 2017 - 5:34 PM

I look forward to meeting Xi Jinping again the Chinese Foreign Ministry reportedly quotes President Rodrigo Duterte as saying

FRIENDLY TIES. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with China Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin at the Music Room in Malacanang on January 17, 2017. Presidential Photo

China muted after Tillerson vows islands blockade

Jan 12, 2017 - 3:11 PM

UPDATED We re going to have to send China a clear signal that first the island building stops and second your access to those islands is also not going to be allowed Rex Tillerson says

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 11: Former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, testifies during his confirmation hearing before Senate Foreign Relations Committee January 11, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Tillerson is expected to face tough questions regarding his ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

PH defense chief plans to visit troops in West PH Sea

Jan 09, 2017 - 7:00 PM

UPDATED Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he will await the recommendation of the military on when he could visit the troops there

TROOPS VISIT. The military says the planned visit of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to the troops deployed in the West Philippine Sea is no reason to anger China. Rappler file photo

On China 'militarizing' Spratlys: 'Nothing we can do'

Dec 17, 2016 - 9:19 PM

UPDATED We cannot stop China at this point in time we will continue to pursue peaceful means at which all of these militarization can be prevented Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr speaks with the Russian foreign minister during their meeting in Moscow on December 5, 2016. Photo by Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP

China says weapons in South China Sea not militarization

Dec 15, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Foreign ministry spokesman: To conduct construction on China s own territory and deploy necessary national defense facilities is quite normal

China boosts defenses on South China Sea islets – US experts

Dec 15, 2016 - 8:39 AM

Ongoing satellite imagery has shown the installation of military equipment and longer runways on artificial islands in the disputed sea says US based think tank

Structures seen on a satellite image of Mischief Reef on November 15, 2016. Image courtesy CSIS/AMTI / DigitalGlobe

Satellite images appear to show Vietnam dredging on disputed reef

Dec 09, 2016 - 1:43 PM

UPDATED An image of the small Ladd Reef in the Spratly Islands where Vietnam has a lighthouse shows several vessels in a carved out embankment on the reef s edge

DREDGING WORK. This satellite image taken on November 30, 2016 and released on December 9, 2016 by US-based Planet Labs shows dredging work (C below) on a small reef under Vietnamese control in the South China Sea. Image by Planet Labs/AFP

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Sep 08, 2016 - 12:58 PM

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Obama warns China over South China Sea ruling

Sep 08, 2016 - 12:17 PM

5th UPDATE Obama: The landmark arbitration ruling in July which is binding helped clarify maritime rights in the region

WARNING. US President Barack Obama speaks during the 4th ASEAN - US Summit in Vientiane on September 8, 2016. Saul Loeb/AFP

ASEAN Summit: China under pressure over sea dispute

Sep 08, 2016 - 8:15 AM

Any artificial island at Scarborough Shoal could be a game changer in China s quest to control the South China Sea and raises the risk of armed confrontation with the United States security analysts say

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte (3rd R) shakes hands with Chinese Primier Li Keqiang (2nd L) in front of Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L), Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith (C), Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (2nd R) and Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah at the 19th ASEAN-China Summit to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations in Vientiane on September 7, 2016. Noel Celis/AFP

Do we let greed continue running the world?

Jul 14, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Once our President makes a decision it will be binding on us on our children and on our children s children I do hope we get the answer right before it is too late

Angry China warns against 'cradle of war' in sea

Jul 13, 2016 - 2:30 PM

3rd UPDATE China reacts furiously to the decision of a UN backed arbitral tribunal in The Hague on the South China Sea dispute

Activists from various anti-China groups rally in front of the Chinese Consulate in Makati City on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong

Vietnamese in PH celebrate Hague ruling vs China

Jul 13, 2016 - 11:23 AM

Justice always prevails over coercion and intimidation Congratulations to the Philippine people says the spokesperson of the Vietnamese Community in the Philippines

GLOBAL COMMUNITY. Vietnamese hold placards as they join a victory rally along Roxas Boulevard in Manila on July 12. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

China to launch cruises to disputed Spratly islands

Jun 22, 2016 - 3:30 PM

A new proposal seeks to develop routes to the Spratlys much further south said the government published China Daily newspaper

An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a military plane shows the ongoing reclamation by China on Mischief Reef, part of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, on May 11, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA/Pool

ASEAN ministers express 'serious concerns' over South China Sea

Jun 14, 2016 - 8:10 PM

In a rare diplomatic slap in the face for Beijing – issued on its own territory – the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN offers a sharp rebuke over China s actions in the waterway

FUELING CONCERN. New images released by the Center for Strategic and International Studies – such as this photo of Cuarteron Reef – show the extent of China's reclamation activities in the South China Sea. Photo courtesy of CSIS

Beijing refuses to move on sea disputes as US meet ends

Jun 07, 2016 - 7:00 PM

China s top diplomat Yang Jiechi insists that the country s stance is in line with international law and will not change

epa05349540 (L-R) US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councillor Yang Jiechi attend during the closing ceremony of the eighth round of US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing, China, 07 June 2016. The 8th US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue and the 7th round of US-China high-level consultation on people-to-people exchange are held in Beijing on 06 and 07 June 2016. EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

China eyeing air defense zone over South China Sea – report

Jun 01, 2016 - 11:35 AM

The trigger for an announcement would be if the United States continues making provocative moves that would challenge China in the region the South China Morning Post reports

RECLAMATION ACTIVITIES. An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a military plane shows the ongoing reclamation by China on Mischief Reef, part of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, on May 11, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA/Pool

China using 'coercive tactics' in maritime claims – Pentagon

May 14, 2016 - 8:00 AM

In an annual report to Congress the Defense Department outlines China s rapid military growth and describes how it is assertively defending sovereignty claims across the contested East China Sea and South China Sea

EAST CHINA SEA. A file picture dated April 27, 2005 shows an aerial view of Uotsuri Island, one of the disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. File photo by Hiroya Shimoji/EPA

US warship sails by South China Sea reef, irking Beijing

May 10, 2016 - 7:29 PM

UPDATED It is Washington s third freedom of navigation operation in the disputed waters launched in recent months after China built several artificial islands as it asserts claims to nearly all the sea

Top Chinese singer tours disputed South China Sea islands

May 05, 2016 - 12:55 PM

UPDATED Beijing will also carry out annual naval combat drills in the area according to state media

In this file photo, Song Zuying (C) leaves the Great Hall of the People after the opening session of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing on March 3, 2012. Mark Ralston/AFP

China opens new lighthouse on contested South China Sea reef

Apr 06, 2016 - 3:57 PM

The 55 meter high 180 foot facility on Subi Reef in the Spratly chain contains technology to monitor passing ships

ISLAND BUILDING. A recent image shows China's reclamation on Zamora Reef (Subi Reef) in the Spratly Islands, located in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo courtesy of Victor Robert Lee/DigitalGlobe

Taiwan gives tour of disputed island, says PH providing 'wrong' info

Mar 23, 2016 - 10:05 PM

Filipino lawyers have provided wrong information misleading the world so we feel we have to come out to rebuff their claims says Taiwan s president

A member of Taiwan's coast guard speaks as he guides visiting journalists on Taiping island in the Spratlys chain in the South China Sea on March 23, 2016. Taiwan on March 23 gave its first ever international press tour of a disputed island in the South China Sea to boost its claim, less than two months after a visit by its leader sparked protests from rival claimants.  / AFP / SAM YEH

Anti-China activists in Vietnam mark Spratly island battle

Mar 14, 2016 - 3:09 PM

In 1988 China launched an attack on Gac Ma Island – one of the larger Spratly Islands which was formerly under Vietnamese military control – killing 64 Vietnamese soldiers in the last violent conflict between the two nations

Duterte plans to discuss EDCA, China with US embassy

Mar 08, 2016 - 10:34 AM

The presidential bet says he was invited by the US embassy to meet with them Other candidates have likely been approached as well he says

File photo of Rodrigo Duterte by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Talking to China more 'progressive' move – Miriam Santiago

Mar 03, 2016 - 6:15 PM

The presidential candidate criticizes the government s complacency amid the reported docking of Chinese vessels in the contested Quirino Island

Beijing builds radar in South China Sea – think tank

Feb 23, 2016 - 1:50 PM

UPDATED New radar facilities being developed in the Spratlys could significantly change the operational landscape

A satellite photograph showing China’s artificial island on Cuarteron Reef, as of January 24, 2016. Image courtesy CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

Taiwan leader defends disputed island visit after US criticism

Jan 28, 2016 - 7:11 PM

UPDATED His trip comes as several other claimants have been beefing up their military presence in the disputed region

MA YING-JEOU. Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou addresses attendees about South China islands during the Scientific International Seminar on South China inside Howard Civil Service International House in Taipei, Taiwan, January 19, 2016. Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

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Taiwanese president set for Spratlys visit

Jan 28, 2016 - 7:52 AM

The purpose of President Ma Ying jeou s trip is to visit Taiwanese personnel stationed there ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday

This file photo taken on January 15, 2016 shows Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou as he speaks during a rally in New Taipei City. Sandy Cheng/AFP

Taiwan uses water cannon to drive off Vietnamese boat

Jan 25, 2016 - 10:14 PM

While denying accusations in Vietnamese media that Taiwanese coastguards had enforced the law outside their territorial waters the coastguard tried to keep the event low profile

DISPUTE. Taiwan's coastguard (right) seen here using a water cannon to spray a Vietnamese fishing boat, some 2.5 nautical miles off Taiping Island in the disputed Spratlys in the South China Sea. Photo by Taiwan Coast Guard/AFP

Vietnam warns China over oil rig deployment

Jan 20, 2016 - 2:39 PM

UPDATED The move comes a day before a crucial political transition begins in Hanoi as the communist leadership meets for its 5 yearly congress


Satellite imagery shows ecocide in South China Sea

Jan 16, 2016 - 4:31 PM

Poaching of giant clam shells is causing massive scarring of coral reefs

Image by Victor Robert Lee and DigitalGlobe

Vietnam slams 'erroneous statements' on China island flights

Jan 13, 2016 - 5:18 PM

Hanoi and Beijing s diplomatic row over the South China Sea worsens further

Kagitingan Reef, Fiery Cross Reef

China lands 2 more planes in disputed South China Sea – state media

Jan 06, 2016 - 9:51 PM

This successful test flight proves that this airport is equipped with the capacity to ensure the safe operation of large civilian aircraft says official Xinhua news agency

PAG-ASA ISLAND. This file photo shows the second biggest island in the disputed South China Sea. File photo by SSg Amable Milay/Philippine Air Force